I’m Lucy Thornton, I’m in my second year studying Geography and balance my studies with training to compete as an international swimmer. In this article I’ll share a little bit about my life as a student-athlete!
My swimming journey started thanks to my parents regularly taking me to the local leisure centre to play and learn to swim as a toddler. I remember being fascinated by blowing bubbles and just generally enjoying immersing myself underwater. As my parents were involved in coaching swimming it was no surprise that I became confident in the pool very quickly and thus joined Ealing Swimming Club where I started to swim competitively at the age of 8. Eleven years later I am still swimming and more motivated than ever to excel as an international swimmer. My competitive nature has always played a huge part in ensuring I have stayed determined to commit myself to my sport and aspire to always be the best I can be. However, like anything worthwhile doing, it is not easy and certainly isn’t possible to do alone. If it wasn’t for my coach Dave Heathcock, my family and the the exceptional support network I have always had, managing to balance life as a successful student athlete would be a lot harder than it currently is!
Swimming has help equip me with essential life skills such as; the importance of commitment, time-management and how to overcome both mental and physical challenges. It has given me so many opportunities to travel and meet life-long friends. I guess, besides the competitive aspect and my desire to compete at the Olympic Games, these are the things that still make me excited about what is yet to come.